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Weather wreaks havoc on roads, parking lots

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Drivers dodge potholes that have popped up around a major Greenwood retailer on their way into the store and while looking for a parking spot.

City officials know about the potholes around Walmart, near County Line Road and Emerson Avenue, but they are only able to fix about half of them.

City street department workers are able to fix the holes on Wilson Drive, which runs behind the retail store and to the hotels near Interstate 65, because it’s a public street. The city has added that road to its list and was able to get to the potholes as soon as this week, Greenwood Deputy Mayor Terry McLaughlin said.

But the entrances to the supercenter and other nearby shops and any roads within the parking lot are owned by Walmart, which makes them the company’s responsibility to fix, McLaughlin said.

Two or more crews of city workers continue to drive Greenwood streets every day looking for and filling new potholes, McLaughlin said.

The bitterly cold winter has led to more potholes than usual around Greenwood, McLaughlin said. When spring arrives, the city will likely have to re-evaluate road conditions before deciding which streets to repave in summer. Some high-traffic roads that were in good condition in the fall may need to be repaved sooner if they’ve had a lot of potholes this winter, he said.

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